Fling (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Flung (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Flinging.] [OE. flingen, flengen, to rush, hurl; cf. Icel. flengia to whip, ride furiously, OSw. flenga to strike, Sw. flanga to romp, Dan. flenge to slash.]


To cast, send, to throw from the hand; to hurl; to dart; to emit with violence as if thrown from the hand; as, to fing a stone into the pond.

'T is Fate that flings the dice: and, as she flings, Of kings makes peasants, and of peasants kings. Dryden.

He . . . like Jove, his lighting flung. Dryden.

I know thy generous temper well. Fling but the appearance of dishonor on it, It straight takes fire. Addison.


To shed forth; to emit; to scatter.

The sun begins to fling His flaring beams. Milton.

Every beam new transient colors flings. Pope.


To throw; to hurl; to throw off or down; to prostrate; hence, to baffle; to defeat; as, to fling a party in litigation.

His horse started, flung him, and fell upon him. Walpole.

To fling about, to throw on all sides; to scatter. -- To fling away, to reject; to discard.

Cromwell, I charge thee, fling away ambition. Shak.

--To fling down. (a) To throw to the ground; esp., to throw in defiance, as formerly knights cast a glove into the arena as a challenge.

This question so flung down before the guests, . . . Was handed over by consent of all To me who had not spoken. Tennyson.

(b) To overturn; to demolish; to ruin. -- To fling in, to throw in; not to charge in an account; as, in settling accounts, one party flings in a small sum, or a few days' work. -- To fling off, to baffle in the chase; to defeat of prey; also, to get rid of. Addison. -- To fling open, to throw open; to open suddenly or with violence; as, to fling open a door. -- To fling out, to utter; to speak in an abrupt or harsh manner; as, to fling out hard words against another. -- To fling up, to relinquish; to abandon; as, to fling up a design.


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Fling (?), v. i.


To throw; to wince; to flounce; as, the horse began to kick and fling.


To cast in the teeth; to utter abusive language; to sneer; as, the scold began to flout and fling.


To throw one's self in a violent or hasty manner; to rush or spring with violence or haste.

And crop-full, out of doors he flings. Milton.

I flung closer to his breast, As sword that, after battle, flings to sheath. Mrs. Browning.

To fling out, to become ugly and intractable; to utter sneers and insinuations.


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Fling, n.


A cast from the hand; a throw; also, a flounce; a kick; as, the fling of a horse.


A severe or contemptuous remark; an expression of sarcastic scorn; a gibe; a sarcasm.

I, who love to have a fling, Both at senate house and king. Swift.


A kind of dance; as, the Highland fling.


A trifing matter; an object of contempt.


England were but a fling Save for the crooked stick and the gray goose wing. Old Proverb.

To have one's fling, to enjoy one's self to the full; to have a season of dissipation. J. H. Newman. "When I was as young as you, I had my fling. I led a life of pleasure." D. Jerrold.


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